Preface

TheywilltellyouinAnchuria,thatPresidentMiraflores,ofthatvolatilerepublic,diedbyhisownhandinthecoasttownofCoralio;thathehadreachedthusfarinflightfromtheinconveniencesofanimminentrevolution;andthatonehundredthousanddollars,governmentfunds,whichhecarriedwithhiminanAmericanleathervaliseasasouvenirofhistempestuousadministration,wasneverafterwardrecovered.

Forareal,aboywillshowyouhisgrave.Itisbackofthetownnearalittlebridgethatspansamangroveswamp.Aplainslabofwoodstandsatitshead.Someonehasburnedupontheheadstonewithahotironthisinscription:

RAMONANGELDELASCRUZES

YMIRAFLORES

PRESIDENTEDELAREPUBLICA

DEANCHURIA

QUESEASUJUEZDIOS

Itischaracteristicofthisbuoyantpeoplethattheypursuenomanbeyondthegrave.“LetGodbehisjudge!”Evenwiththehundredthousandunfound,thoughgreatlycoveted,thehueandcrywentnofurtherthanthat.

TothestrangerortheguestthepeopleofCoraliowillrelatethestoryofthetragicendoftheirformerpresident;howhestrovetoescapefromthecountrywiththepublicfundsandalsowithDoñaIsabelGuilbert,theyoungAmericanoperasinger;

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